This publication argues that the speculation of strength elaborated in Immanuel Kant's aesthetics (and particularly, his theorization of the dynamic elegant) is of decisive value to poetry within the 19th century and to the relationship among poetry and philosophy during the last centuries. encouraged by means of his deep engagement with the serious idea of Walter Benjamin, who specifically built this Kantian pressure of pondering, Kevin McLaughlin makes use of this conception of strength to light up the paintings of 3 of the main influential nineteenth-century writers of their respective nationwide traditions: Friedrich Hölderlin, Charles Baudelaire, and Matthew Arnold. the result's an exceptional elucidation of Kantian conception and a clean account of poetic language and its aesthetic, moral, and political possibilities.

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